India, the land of Yoga and Ayurveda, offers so much to quench the thirst of a ravenous traveller. Globetrotters try hard to discover India’s eclectic beauty in its famous tourist destinations like Taj Mahal and Charminar completely unknown to the fact that India’s true beauty lies in its innumerable unexplored destinations. From scenic hill-side towns to beautiful lake cities, India’s true beauty lies in its unexplored gems. Here are some of the lesser known places in India that will undoubtedly appeal to the aesthetic sense of any traveller.
The Western Ghats
If you are interested in witnessing India’s rich diversity of flora and fauna, a trip to the Western Ghats is highly recommended. The Western Ghats etch a beautiful scenery along the entire West Coast of India. These Ghats are home to some rare species of plants and animals. They also make one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and have been beautified with many man-made lakes and waterfalls.
Ananthapura Lake Temple
As a traveller and wildlife enthusiast, you may have come across many ferocious reptiles. However, it is quite unlikely that you must have ever come across a vegetarian crocodile. Don’t be surprised. India’s Ananthapura Lake Temple, which is located in the Kasargod district of Kerala, is home to a 150-year-old crocodile that eats only vegetarian food. Isn’t that amazing?
India is considered to be synonymous with noise and dirt. However, not every corner of India is like this. If you are in the mood to play rummy while enjoying a scenic sight, head to the Mawlynnong Village. Located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, the Mawylnnong Village is the cleanest village in the whole of Asia. This place becomes a haven for travellers especially during monsoons when the whole village becomes covered in green.
The Ghats of Varanasi
India is known for its cultural diversity. The country is the birthplace of one of the oldest religions of the world, Hinduism. To witness the spiritual side of India, head to the Ghats of Varanasi. Noisy, congested yet beautiful, these ghats are a sight to behold during morning and evening prayers when thousands of Indians gather around the river Ganges to offer prayers to their God.
If you are on an adventurous streak and are looking to get an adrenaline rush, head to Sandakphu which is the highest peak in Darjeeling. Sandakphu means the abode of the poison plants. The place is so called as it is home to a highly poisonous plant that grows near the peak. However, keep in mind that this place is not for the faint-hearted.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Each year, innumerable tourists head to Dharamsala which is located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh to witness the Dalai Lama’s residence. However, not many people know that the Dalai Lama was born in Tawang, a small and beautiful city in Arunachal Pradesh. Located at a height of about 3048 metres, this city offers snow-clad views during winters and green scenes during spring. It is also home some of the most beautiful monasteries.